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Google Gets Into Online Dating with Launch
of Google Romance(onlinedatingmagazine.com -
April 1, 2006) Google today announced the launch of
a new online dating service called Google
to Google, the
service includes Google's proprietary
"Soulmate Search" function that they describe as "latest
psychographic and search algorithms to bear on the
problem of hooking up our users."
"First you fill out an extensive personal
profile carefully designed by a team of both married
and single Google engineers for the express purpose
of gathering and analyzing romantic information," Google says. "Then you fill out an equally obscure and elaborate
describing various attributes of the person with whom
you wish to spend the rest of your life and click ‘Search
Romance.’ It’s that simple."
In a press release, Google states that
members receive all-expenses-paid dates for couples
who agree to experience contextually relevant advertising
throughout the course of their evening.
"Our mission, as you might have
heard, is to organize the world's information," said
Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's senior
vice president, product management. "And let's
face it: in what area of life is the world's information
than romance? We thought we could use our search technology
to help you find that special someone, then send you
on a date and use contextual ads to help you, ya know
- close the deal."
Google launched the service today, April
1, 2006. However, upon closer examination of the online
dating service (and the launch date) people are discovering
that it's a little more difficult to post a profile
than with most other online dating services.
One option Google
Romance provides is
for people to post multiple profiles with a bulk upload
feature. This makes it easier for overseas scams to
upload hundreds of fake profiles at once. Or does it?
When you click on the link feature you receive a "Database
Capacity Exceeded" error with the following message:
"That's just great - once again, the
sheer volume of our users' thirst for our products
has exceeded our capacity to quench it, therefore,
deja vu, this service is not available at this time
(at least not to you)."
Romance service is part of
tradition of an April Fool's joke.
"It's definitely an entertaining April
Fool's joke," says Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating
Magazine. "People take online dating very seriously
and so Google decided to bring in a more light-hearted
approach to the subject with Google
Romance. It's great
to visit, and especially to take the Site Tour."
The April Fool's joke doesn't put to
rest the possibility of a real "Google Romance" online
dating service in the future as the Internet giant
seeks to further expand its Web properties.
> Perfectmatch.com - The best approach to find the one.
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